So I just moved into a new house full of projects, and one I want to tackle is to install a hot water heater.
Right now there is no hot water heater, and water is heated through an oil-fired boiler, which drives both the 2-zone heating system and the HW for the house.
We only get a few minutes of inconsistent hot water for the house, so I wanted to install a hot water heater.
I called a few plumbers to get quotes, and everyone is telling me different things - some say go with a aqua booster, some say a tankless electric, and some say an indirect HW heater. I have been looking at the GE hybrid tank models, and I think I want to install one of these. So my questions are:
- What kind of HW heater should I install, if I even should?
- Should I put it in line after the boiler, so its fed hot water and contributes to the heating system, or should i put it as an indirect?
- are hybrid heaters the best choice? its a basement with enough square footage to be efficient.
- for hybrid water heaters, how much condensate water do they drop - like do i need to run a drain line, or can i use a bucket i empty every once in a while?
Any guidance is appreciated - thanks!